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A Walk in London
This walk in London is the scenic route from Hampstead Heath to Baker Street, the residence of Sherlock Holmes. It takes in two impressive views over London and of course some great places to eat. You may want to complete it in a day or take a more leisurely pace and split it in two.
For this walk in London you may need a small compass along with your street map.
Start Your Walk Here
Start at Hampstead Heath Station, NW3. (Plenty of good places to eat here before setting off).
As you leave the station turn right up South End Road, then Parliament Hill, then right up Nassington Road. As you enter the heath to your left is a hill, Parliament Hill, also known as Kite Hill. The top of the hill is a nice place to sit and take in the view over London.
Head across the heath in an easterly direction to Swains Lane. You will find some places to eat here.
Further up Swain's Lane is the famous Highgate Cemetery. Not to be visited after dark.
Swains Lane (previously known as Swaynes Lane, aka Swines Lane) dates back to the late 15th century when it gave access to farmland on either side.
Travelers on this road would more than likely have included the likes of Charles Dickens and Dick Turpin. Such travelers would have supped at the old pub at the top of the road (Ye Olde Gatehouse) which dates back to at least the 17th century. It is said that a pub has stood on this site since the 14th century.
At one time it would have served as one of three tollhouses to enter The Bishop of London's Park of Haringeye. Now spelt Haringey, the area is said to take it's name from Haering who was a Saxon chief).
In the 19th century Highgate Cemetery was built around Swains Lane. After the second world war the cemetery fell into neglect and became home to many strange apparitions and happenings. It has since been restored.
The junction of Highgate Rd and Swains Lane is a nice spot
Return to the heath and head north towards Hampstead Lane. At the top of the heath you will find Kenwood House. It can be accessed from the heath or from Hampstead Lane, NW3.
Kenwood House was built in the early 17th century and remodeled between 1764 and 1779, during which time the American War of Independence began.
It is a real treat to see. There is also a restaurant here.
If you prefer a pub lunch head out to Hampstead Lane and turn left towards Spaniards Lane, NW3. You will find The Spaniards Inn, built in 1585, it served as one of the three tollhouses leading to Haringey. Nice pub garden too.
Kenwood House is at the top end of Hampstead Heath
Get back into the heath and head south. Leave the heath at Well Walk. Go along Well Walk, up Flask Walk and left at Hampstead High Street.
Keep walking south on this road, down through the cafe culture of Belsize Park until you get to Englands Lane. Turn right here. Then along Primrose Hill Road with the park on your right. This takes you to Regent's Park Road. Turn left and you will find some very nice restaurants. Very classy area. Nice to sit outside in the evening and take in the ambiance.
If you go up the hill in the park, Primrose Hill, you have your second view over London. There are a few benches at the top to rest if needed.
Regent's Park Road is a great place to eat
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
Now head south down the hill towards Prince Albert Road. Cross over Prince Albert Road with London Zoo to your left and enter Regent's Park. Keep heading south past the boating lake towards Baker Street tube station.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is situated at the north end of Baker Street, number 221b, NW1. This museum is a step back in time to the great detective's London pad of the 1880's. You can get a real feel of how he would have lived in Victorian times. All you need is a foggy night and the sound of a Hansom cab approaching to set the scene of a new mystery.
Alternatively, you have Madame Tussauds just around the corner on Marylebone Road, NW1.
Time to find another coffee shop I think.
Or another Walk in London?